Category Archives: Books and stuff

Raw Vision – Outsider Art

An old publication but a new one for me Raw Vison is the only internatioanl journal of Outsider Art. First published in 1989 it has continually given an insight into the art of the “unknown, untrained geniuses” who are the

Raw Vision – Outsider Art

An old publication but a new one for me Raw Vison is the only internatioanl journal of Outsider Art. First published in 1989 it has continually given an insight into the art of the “unknown, untrained geniuses” who are the

The Granny Alphabet

Always a champion of Granny style and fashionable old people I see that someone has brought out a set of books celebrating the subject. The two books, called The Granny Alphabet are by photographer Tim Walker and are full of

The Granny Alphabet

Always a champion of Granny style and fashionable old people I see that someone has brought out a set of books celebrating the subject. The two books, called The Granny Alphabet are by photographer Tim Walker and are full of

Good Old Drawing

In some my earlier posts and when I first had the idea to start a blog the one thing I was sure about was that it was somehow going to be about drawing and sketching. My life has been followed

Good Old Drawing

In some my earlier posts and when I first had the idea to start a blog the one thing I was sure about was that it was somehow going to be about drawing and sketching. My life has been followed

Herb Lester Associates

It’s been a while since I added a new link but I thought this one definitely worth a mention. Herb Lester Associates publish guides for tourists and locals of the worlds great cities which are witty, curious and opinionated and

Herb Lester Associates

It’s been a while since I added a new link but I thought this one definitely worth a mention. Herb Lester Associates publish guides for tourists and locals of the worlds great cities which are witty, curious and opinionated and

Modern Songs as Retro Vinyl

I love these reworked vinyl singles by Robert Penney who has taken records by The Libertines and Lady Gaga and reworked the sleeves as they might have looked had they been released in the sixties. With most music now bought

Modern Songs as Retro Vinyl

I love these reworked vinyl singles by Robert Penney who has taken records by The Libertines and Lady Gaga and reworked the sleeves as they might have looked had they been released in the sixties. With most music now bought

Earthly bodies

I made these studies from a book I bought recently in Berlin called Earthly Bodies by photographer, Irving Penn. Penn was better known as a photographer of  portraits and for his fashion work. As a young photographer he produced a

Earthly bodies

I made these studies from a book I bought recently in Berlin called Earthly Bodies by photographer, Irving Penn. Penn was better known as a photographer of  portraits and for his fashion work. As a young photographer he produced a

David Hockney – A Yorkshire Sketchbook

I love the beautifully simple watercolour sketches by David Hockney from his book ‘A Yorkshire sketchbook.’ I bought the book in the Art bookstore Walther König, on Burgstrasse, on a trip to Berlin last week. It is the best Art

David Hockney – A Yorkshire Sketchbook

I love the beautifully simple watercolour sketches by David Hockney from his book ‘A Yorkshire sketchbook.’ I bought the book in the Art bookstore Walther König, on Burgstrasse, on a trip to Berlin last week. It is the best Art

Fantasy Art is real Art

When we were fourteen or fifteen my brother and I were seriously into the world of science fiction and Fantasy. Which quite acceptable now was definitely very nerdy back then, but we loved it and it fed our imaginations. Role

Fantasy Art is real Art

When we were fourteen or fifteen my brother and I were seriously into the world of science fiction and Fantasy. Which quite acceptable now was definitely very nerdy back then, but we loved it and it fed our imaginations. Role

View over London

It seems like a lonnnng time since I put one of these out. There are no reasons, only excuses which I won’t go into except to say its been a busy few months. Last weekend we were in London for

View over London

It seems like a lonnnng time since I put one of these out. There are no reasons, only excuses which I won’t go into except to say its been a busy few months. Last weekend we were in London for

Pulp Fiction

I read a lot and normally when I start a book I HAVE to finish it. But I currently have three books by my bedside which remain, as yet, unfinished. So in desperation I recently turned to some pulp fiction to

Pulp Fiction

I read a lot and normally when I start a book I HAVE to finish it. But I currently have three books by my bedside which remain, as yet, unfinished. So in desperation I recently turned to some pulp fiction to

Alan Burke Hooligan Trees

I came across this excerpt by Muhammad Ali, which reminded me of a book of poetry I have by the late Alan Burke. I done wrassled with and alligator. I done tussled with a whale, Handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in

Alan Burke Hooligan Trees

I came across this excerpt by Muhammad Ali, which reminded me of a book of poetry I have by the late Alan Burke. I done wrassled with and alligator. I done tussled with a whale, Handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in

Big Horizons

I’m in Frankonia, (Bavaria, Germany), for a few days, but unfortunately with no access to a scanner or any way of uploading any artwork so, today its only words. The landscape here is linear, structured and ordered, made up of

Big Horizons

I’m in Frankonia, (Bavaria, Germany), for a few days, but unfortunately with no access to a scanner or any way of uploading any artwork so, today its only words. The landscape here is linear, structured and ordered, made up of

new sketchbook

I love starting  a new sketchbook. Its so full of promise. I imagine all the great and still unknown stuff that’s going to go in there. My default sketch book at the moment is an A6 Moleskin plain reporter, normally

new sketchbook

I love starting  a new sketchbook. Its so full of promise. I imagine all the great and still unknown stuff that’s going to go in there. My default sketch book at the moment is an A6 Moleskin plain reporter, normally

Sunday reading – in Patagonia

Did you ever have a book sit in your bookcase for a long time and not read it? Actually, I hate to have any book in my library which I’ve not read.  Yet for some reason there are still some

Sunday reading – in Patagonia

Did you ever have a book sit in your bookcase for a long time and not read it? Actually, I hate to have any book in my library which I’ve not read.  Yet for some reason there are still some

Robert Tavener

Margaret Howell has been one of my favourite designers for a long while and as well as the clothing range, she also sells in her stores a beautiful selection of handpicked books and accessories. I picked up this lovely book,

Robert Tavener

Margaret Howell has been one of my favourite designers for a long while and as well as the clothing range, she also sells in her stores a beautiful selection of handpicked books and accessories. I picked up this lovely book,

Project Ocean – Selfridges

I’m not normally one to champion causes but I do like my seafood and this was so nicely illustrated, (though I couldn’t find out by whom)….It was in the form small booklet as part of Selfridges, Project Ocean, which gives

Project Ocean – Selfridges

I’m not normally one to champion causes but I do like my seafood and this was so nicely illustrated, (though I couldn’t find out by whom)….It was in the form small booklet as part of Selfridges, Project Ocean, which gives

Sunday reading – Charley Harper

One of my other diversions, on which I spend too much money, are large Art and Design books. One of my current favourites which I picked up on our last visit to Italy, was a large format copy of the

Sunday reading – Charley Harper

One of my other diversions, on which I spend too much money, are large Art and Design books. One of my current favourites which I picked up on our last visit to Italy, was a large format copy of the